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The 15-minute title track closes the album opening with a powerful bowed bass solo from Helias. Ms. Bonin plays the first theme, joined first by the string and then the composer on tenor saxophone. Various voices move in and out but pay close attention to impressive and, at times, playful percussion of Takeishi. The brashness of the earlier pieces is replaced by an airiness, a sense of swing instead of flow: listen to the sections float around above the tenor solo and how, as the intensity picks up, for just an instance, so does the tempo. Ms. Bonin returns closer to the end, the storminess of the middle section is not replaced by a lengthy melody shared by several instruments until the bowed bass returns to take the piece to its gentle conclusion.
As an album, "Pivotal Arc" serves to show the world the versatility and maturity of the composer Quinsin Nachoff. Listeners might prefer to listen to the "Violin Concerto" in its entirety then come back at a later time to listen to the "String Quartet" and the title track. There's a lot happening in this music and you really want to pay close attention to hear the richness of the melodies, the excellent musicianship, and the powerful work of violinist Nathalie Bonin. One of this year's more fascinating releases, "Pivotal Arc" is worth your time.
For more information, go to www.quinsin.com. To hear more and to purchase the album, go to https://quinsinnachoff.bandcamp.com.
Here's the "Second Movement" of composer Nachoff's "Violin Concerto", Natalie Bonin, violin soloist:
Nathalie Bonin - violin soloist
Molinari String Quartet:
Olga Ranzenhofer - violin I
Antoine Bareil - violin II
Frédéric Lambert - viola
Pierre - Alain Bouvrette - cello
Quinsin Nachoff - tenor saxophone, composer
JC Sanford - conductor
Michael Davidson - vibraphone
Mark Helias - bass
Satoshi Takeishi - drums, percussion
Jean-Pierre Zanella - piccolo, flute, clarinet, soprano sax
Yvan Belleau - clarinet, tenor saxophone
Brent Besner - bass clarinet
Jocelyn Couture - trumpet I
Bill Mahar - trumpet II
David Grott - trombone
Bob Ellis - bass trombone
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"Pre-Apocalyptic" overcomes its supposed "lo-fi" beginnings, hence a tip of the hat to mixing and mastering engineer Nathaniel Morgan for making this music sound so alive. Michael Formanek has always been an impressive musician plus he is also one of the better composers in Creative American Music. At times noisy, at others subtle, this album documents a quartet at the height of its power. Let these sounds move you!
For more information about the bassist, go to www.amibotheringyou.com. To listen to more songs and purchase the recording ($1.00 of every sale goes to Black Lives Matter), go to https://outofyourheadrecords.bandcamp.com/album/pre-apocalyptic.
Here's a lengthy piece from the album: